Life isn't about things or prestige, it's about experiences and connecting with others. Along with the Airbnb concept, I've enjoyed being a couch surfing host on several occasions.
My wife and I spent our honeymoon in Paris, France, as a local would (sans fluent French, unfortunately, but we did best) and rented an apartment for the week. From there, we explored Paris via foot for a whole week. We soaked in its neighborhoods, cafes, markets, and parks. We visited a few of the obligatory tourist spots - the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre - but those weren't the highlights of the trip. Experiencing the culture was.
Since then, we've done the same thing in many other cities: Boston, St. Louis, Chicago, and Louisville, to name a few. We are looking to add many more!
Our regular lives are spent as an accountant (me) and family law attorney (her), as well as a father/step-mother to my 3 kids and our two dogs.
We are both clean, conscientious, responsible, and love making new friends.